University of Notre Dame's Academic Reputation Deflating?
Is the University of Notre Dame's academic reputation deflating? Some think so after last month's Notre Dame students protested for gay rights following the University's newspaper, The Observer, printing a cartoon that appears to advocate the beating of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people into vegetables and, more recently, word that the University is supporting ex-gay speakers.
Even though the University and student newspaper apologized for printing the gay bashing cartoon, it is thought that, "the very sentiments behind the comic are fostered by a university that has consistently fought to keep sexual orientation off its non-discrimination policy, and has consistently refused to recognize LGBT student groups on campus."
Does the University of Notre Dame want to cement a reputation as one of the fiercest anti-gay institutions in the country? They're on the fast-track toward doing so. First comes a cartoon in a student newspaper that advocates gay bashing. Now comes word that the University is going to host a columnist who not only believes that ministry can change one's sexual orientation, but that homosexuality is on par with clinical depression and that same-sex attraction is the result of deep-seated psychological wounds.
"Hear that sound? It's the sound of the University of Notre Dame's academic reputation deflating."
The speaker in question is Melinda Selmys, who is one of the headliners of Notre Dame's "Edith Stein Project," an annual event that examines what it means to be "authentic women and men." Apparently authenticity to Notre Dame means heralding speakers who believe that homosexuality is as changeable as a pair of underwear, and that queer folks suffer psychological problems.
In three columns for the National Catholic Register in 2007, Melinda Selmys wrote that she gave up her lesbian relationship when she decided to be Catholic, and accepted the Virgin Mary as a seminal role model of femininity. But the juicy bits don't stop there. Selmys says that gay men have a hard time accepting God because he reminds them of their own harsh father figures.
Previously on NowPublic by this Author: Notre Dame Students Protest for Gay Rights